Jan 25, 2023 - Food and Drink

Hey Kiddo in Denver is Tennyson Street's trendiest new restaurant

The house lobster with kosho butter, grilled mushrooms with bitter melon ponzu and "the friend request," a nonalcoholic cocktail. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Chef Kelly Whitaker doesn't do predictable. In fact, to access his new restaurant β€” arguably one of Denver's hippest yet β€” you'll need to take an elevator.

Details: Hey Kiddo, which debuted on Tennyson Street last Thursday, puts complexity and innovation at the forefront with elegant dishes that draw inspiration from around the world.

  • Whitaker, famous for his highly acclaimed eateries The Wolf's Tailor and Basta, partnered with San Francisco chef Deuki Hong on the cocktail-forward concept.
  • Hong's influence is spotted in several menu standouts, like the Korean fried chicken and shaken chef rice (which a waiter enthusiastically shakes up at your table).

Of note: The restaurant β€” which seats about 45 people and sits atop the third floor of a building where a boutique hotel is housed β€” features two additional concepts to explore.

  • Ok Yeah is an intimate bar hidden at the back of the dining room. There is no menu; bartenders craft cocktails suited to your taste. Daily handroll specials are also available.
  • The Rooftop offers rotating snacks and cocktails, plus a stunning view of Tennyson.

What to watch: The menu is meat-heavy now, but will become more produce-focused as farms begin harvesting this spring, Westword reports.

Getting there: Hey Kiddo is at 4337 Tennyson St. Reservations are only available for large groups.

  • Open: Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm-midnight.
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